18 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h
5
Unguja City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, and then learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, then take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Town travel website .

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Cape Town. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 76°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

2
nights
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Eikehof, then see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum and then take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stellenbosch online travel planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Stellenbosch by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
First South African Perfume Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Gravelotte to see Big Boabab about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Lonely Bull Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park travel route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Stellenbosch to Kruger National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Big Boabab
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Unguja City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

5
nights
Unguja City, Tanzania

Unguja City ©
Unguja City is known for outdoors, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zanzibar Land Animal Park (ZALA), tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, and make a trip to Space Station Zanzibar.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Unguja City trip itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Johannesburg to Unguja City. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Unguja City. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Unguja City, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 76°F. On the 19th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Unguja City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Space Station Zanzibar
Highlights from your plan
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre ©
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins
Mnemba Atoll ©
Mnemba Atoll

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